Where Typhoons Roar


‘Cadair Idris Range from Cribin Fach above Bwlch Oerderrws’

Had a short walk up onto the ridge above Bwlch Oerderrws, from the car park on the A470 between Dinas Mawddwy and Dolgellau today.

We are in the heart of the ‘Mach Loop’ low flying zone where military jets from all over come to test their low flying skills in the welsh valleys.

This car park is usually full on weekdays as the jet snappers get here early on good weather days and stake their claim on the various pitches above ‘The Bwlch’ as it is called.


‘Looking back down at the car park on the ascent’

I cannot match the skills and high level equipment of these fanatical snappers (yet) and I make no apologies of recommending a fantastic site where the quality of images can be seen.Visit www.mjaviation.co.uk for some highly recommended images.

Two Typhoons and a T2 Hawk trainer came up the valley from Dinas Mawddwy and roared below me as I made the climb up to the ridge. Sadly no pics this time but I will return for a shot soon.

My task was alot simpler: to test out the new LEKI walking poles and also get some landscape shots of the hills; including Cadair Idris and The Rhinogs.

Cadair Idris from A470

Its a steep and boggy climb up onto Cribin Fach but a well laid path eventually finds a boundary fence on your left and then just follow this upwards. Beware in mist or cloud as there is a VERY deep old slate quarry just to the right of the fence line when heading south west and I sheltered there for lunch as the clouds rolled in for a while.


The clouds agreed to part a little and I was able to take some shots with my tripod in between the clouds rolling in. The sun was a little too high in the sky though and I had some lense flare. Ideally a shot of Cadair would be at sunrise. I made a mental note to try and have a wild camp one night and hope for a clear dawn.

I have posted a screenshot of the OS map showing the car park and place where the images were taken, below.


There were some spectacular views west of The Rhinog range and The Snowdon Horseshoe and Arans.

The whole set of images are on my Flickr page at www.flickr.com and you are welcome to take a look. They are in the ‘mountain walks’ set and also in the photostream.

There are some great ridge walks once up on top and I recommend a days walking up here; preferably when the weather is clear! I was lucky as the sun set and made it back down before the clouds rolled in again.

My new Craghoppers Climaplus jacket was excellent too; very light and warm. It was a bargain in the sale at £25 squid. Wished I had bought two as they are nowhere to be seen now!

I sort of got used to the poles and will persevere as I aim to try out the new DD Tarp soon.


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